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An article about President-elect Joe Biden’s early cabinet selections quotes Paul Musgrave, political science, from a 2018 article in Vox. At the time, Musgrave said Rex Tillerson, the first secretary of state in the Trump administration, “would be at or near the bottom of the list of secretaries of state, not just in the post-Second World War world but in the record of US secretaries of state.” (Vogue, 11/24/20)


“Operationalizing Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Ethical Principles in the Application of Technology to Dispute Resolution Systems and Practice” (October 22, 2020).

Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an article exploring the ways Pennsylvania’s 20 presidential electors can – and cannot – potentially influence the outcome of the presidential election when they meet in December to ostensibly cast their votes for President-elect Biden.

In an article entitled “Past Presidents, Presidential Legacies, and the Future of the United States,” Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, writes, “Presidents’ views of the future structure their choices in the present. Often that is for the good, as when a historically minded president shies away from a rash course of action because of fears about how such an action might look to posterity." 

In a Washington Post editorial entitled “Trump’s presidential library will be a shrine to his ego,” Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, writes about how former presidents have used their presidential libraries to frame their legacy. Musgrave writes that President Trump’s library “will be a shrine to his ego… Following a trail blazed most successfully by Richard Nixon, turning his presidential library into an image-making prop will be among the most normal things Trump ever does.”

Associate Professor Brenda Bushouse and Assistant Professors Juniper Katz and Viviana Wu represented the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy at the 2020 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference, “From Climate Change to Social Justice: How Citizens are Re-Shaping Nonprofits and Philanthropy in an Age of Disruption and Transition." Read More via UMass Amherst News Office.

Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an article about academics urging colleges and universities to refrain from hiring top-level Trump administration officials as they exit their government positions. “This is an abnormal administration that has been hostile to science, to universities, to immigrants,” he said. “This is not an administration whose officers can be treated normally.” 

An article by Jamie Rowen, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at UMass Amherst, that was originally published in The Conversation in May 2020 was reprinted on Veterans Day. The article describes eight ways that COVID-19 has hit veterans hard (From Press, 11/11/20).

A UMass Amherst/WCVB poll asking voters who they would pick to replace Senator Elizabeth Warren found Representative Ayanna Pressley to be the top choice, followed by former Representative Joe Kennedy III. These results were cited in an article in the Boston Globe about the possibility of elected officials from Massachusetts becoming part of the Biden administration. (The Boston Globe, WHDH 11/11/20).

A MassLive report of town-by-town results of Ballot Question 2 from last week’s election cited a UMass/ WCVB poll from late October.  The poll had found that 48% of likely voters supported the ballot question, which sought to implement ranked-choice voting, while 43% opposed it and 9% were undecided. Ballot Question 2 ultimately failed to pass. (MassLive, 11/11/20)